Police Searching for Individuals Suspected of Shoplifting Baby Formula

Police Searching for Individuals Suspected of Shoplifting Baby Formula

Police are searching for a man and a woman who were videotaped stealing baby formula from a Target store and assaulting an employee as they escaped. According to a CBS New York news report, the shoplifting and assault incident occurred at a Target store in Manalapan. Officials say the woman loaded a cart with over $1,400 worth of formula before they attempted to leave the store without paying. When confronted by a Target employee, the man broke the employee’s finger and sprained his arm. It is unclear if officials have any leads regarding the whereabouts of the two individuals who have been labeled as “baby formula bandits.”

It is a crime “for any person purposely to take possession of, carry away, transfer or cause to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession.” Charges for shoplifting can dramatically increase when the act of shoplifting results in assault and physical injuries.

In such cases, there are multiple charges that may arise out of the incident. A skilled defense attorney will look at all possible aspects of the incident. Did the defendant enter the premises with the intention of committing a crime? Did the assault result from misunderstanding or self-defense? Was the defendant under duress, the influence of alcohol, or suffering from a mental health issue?

A knowledgeable assault defense lawyer in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein can defend your rights in court against harsh penalties for such crimes. 

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Hitting Girlfriend with Baseball Bat in Norwalk

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Hitting Girlfriend with Baseball Bat in Norwalk

A New Jersey man was arrested on suspicion of attacking his girlfriend with a baseball bat when the couple was visiting friends. According to a news report in The Hour, the 18-year-old man has been charged with second-degree assault and breach of peace in connection with this incident. Police say the man and his girlfriend were spending time with friends at a Norwalk apartment complex when they got into an argument. The man allegedly struck his girlfriend in the left ear, forearm, and leg with a baseball bat. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to New Jersey Penal Code Article 120.05, a person is guilty of assault in the second degree when “with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he causes such injury to such person or to a third person.” Using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument in order to cause such injury can also result second-degree assault charges. Assault in the second degree is a Class D felony in New Jersey and can result in up to 10 years in prison.

Assault charges, depending on the circumstances of the incident and the defendant’s prior criminal record, can have serious consequences including lengthy prison time and hefty fines. If you or a loved one has been accused of aggravated assault or second-degree assault in New Jersey, it is important that you have a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer on your side to fight those charges.

The experienced NJ assault defense lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of defending the rights of New Jersey residents.